While I loved Michel's 2012 Cote Rotie la Mordoree from barrel, it blew me away from bottle, and I think bares more than a passing resemblance to his 1991. About as elegant and seamless as they come, it exhibits incredible notes of violets, peppery spice, spring flowers, rose petal and darker berry fruit. This is followed by a full-bodied, sweetly fruited, expansive Cote Rotie that's perfectly balanced, has beautiful mid-palate density, and ultra-fine tannin that emerge on the finish. It's a blockbuster effort to drink over the coming two decades.
Nicely saturated from core to edge, with bramble, singed bay leaf and espresso notes weaving around blackberry, black currant and fig paste flavors. The finish is tarry in feel, but dark olive, warm stone and smoldering tobacco accents add extra range and texture. A rock-solid offering. Best from 2018 through 2030. 96 cases imported.
Syrah, 14-18 months in 225-litre barrique with a small proportion new. Mica, schist and loess. This parcel of vines is situated on the borders of the Côte Blonde. Very dark and intense, almost stewed! Lots of sweet fruit but also some recognisable northern Rhône Syrah leather character. Good energy. A bit sweeter than usual. Jancis Robinson